By Dennis Seid
TUPELO – While the fall Tupelo Furniture Market is going on, market officials remind the public that they’re welcome to shop at Building I, which once again will host the Furniture and Home Accessories Show.
It’s the third show, with a consumer-oriented focus.
While the fall Furniture Market is open to registered retailers and buyers, the Furniture & Home Accessories Show is geared toward the casual shopper who wants to see many of the same merchandise buyers see.
Only, they get to cash-and-carry.
“They don’t have to buy a container or a truckload of merchandise, which is what the Furniture Market has always been designed for,” said Kevin Seddon, the market’s president.
“Many business-to-business trade events have exhibiting companies that invite the public,” he said. “This can sometimes cause concern with other participating companies that have no desire to have the public walking around in their showroom space. Our solution was to create an ‘event within an event.’”
The first FHAS was last held during last year’s fall market, and Seddon said market officials have continued to tweak the show.
“Building I will be full of furniture companies, but there are also many other vendors,” he said.
The other vendors include those selling outdoor furniture, rugs, frames and framed art, lighting, mattresses, electronics, pottery, lighting and lighting fixtures and more.
In addition to the shopping, the show will be raffling away prizes including a fur coat, a 10-carat blue topaz and diamond ring, a $500 shopping spree and more.
On Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m., the show will host a “Spirits and Sparkles” celebration with wine and spirits, hors d’oeuvres and more door prizes.
During the event Friday, as well as all day Saturday, “A Ghostly Shade of Pale” author Merle Temple will be signing copies of his book.
Also on Saturday, Moziah Bridges, an 11-year-old bow tie designer who’s been featured in Forbes magazine, will be in attendance.